• Brighley Dangerfield

Styling your Inverted Triangle (IT) Body Shape

Updated: Nov 18, 2020

This post forms part of my Body Shape Style Tips Guide on Instagram. View this post for more information.

This body shape is often associated with an ‘athletic build’ and can be easily confused with an apple body shape. However, the difference lies is that ‘apple’ or ‘round’ shapes tend to carry more in the mid-section (this does not necessarily mean there is a weight issue! But that can wait for that body shape post). ⁣

Features of an IT Body Shape

  • Your hips are noticeably more narrow than your shoulders

  • You may not have a very defined waist

  • You likely have nicely shaped legs and a straight ribcage

  • High-neck tops probably aren't something you wear

  • Your backside is likely on the flatter side (not always though)

  • You likely have an athletic build and the stomach/upper body is usually where you would first see weight gain

General Tips and Guidelines

  • Go for clean-cut tops and dramatise the bottom

  • Try going for minimalist / simple necklaces and earrings. Save the real statements for your bracelets and rings. However, if you do want statement earrings, go for a ‘drop’ style 

  • Wearing wide belts will create the illusion of having more of a waist

  • Footwear with ankle straps, ankle boots, chunky heels

  • Wear handbags that hang at your hip or thigh

  • A-line and fit-and-flare dresses suit you well

  • Wear eye-catching shoes


  • Large prints (bottoms)

  • Busy prints - checkered (bottoms)

  • Vertical seams (top) 

  • Vertical stripes up top to lead the eye down. Go for a solid or bold bottom or an even louder than the top bottom


  • Solid darker colour top and patterned bottoms for bikinis is a nice option

  • Anything with a belt detail will assist in balancing out proportions 

  • Halter tops

  • Tie-side bottoms help emphasise the hips

  • High cut bottoms

  • Your shape can handle side cut-out details in one-pieces


  • Wrap tops that flare from the waist to the hips to balance proportions

  • V-necklines

  • Deep scooping necklines (softer than a v-neck)

  • Jackets with hip pockets (not chest pockets) and/or single buttoned blazers

  • Peplum tops

  • Balloon sleeves, but make sure your shoulders aren’t emphasised by any puff


  • Go for volume to help balance the proportions by adding width to the hips

  • Embellishments or detail at the hips

  • Make bottoms your statement piece of clothing (rather than tops). If you want to wear patterns, this is where to use them

  • Wide-leg pants that skim right over the hips and past the legs. Remember to have them correctly hemmed 

  • Dropped waistlines on skirts 

  • Tiered bottoms

  • You can easily get away with wearing baggy bottoms because they add volume to your bottom half

  • Cropped pants/jeans work well because it attracts the eye down

  • Tulle skirts

Looks to Avoid

  • Drawing direct attention to your upper

  • Spaghetti strap tops 

  • Necklines that accentuate the shoulders (off-shoulder, boat necks, puff, shoulder pads (if you were ever planning on wearing those?), strapless). Although there are ways around this. Comment if you would like to know. 

  • Wearing statement earrings and necklaces will draw attention to your upper. If you’re feeling too much focus on the upper, try a less dramatic item of jewellery

  • Pencil skirts

  • Skinny jeans

  • Oversized blazers can add bulk to your upper


Need some celebrity Inspo? Search these celebrities outfits online for some outfit inspo.

  • Cindy Crawford

  • Naomi Campbell

  • Victoria Beckham

  • Renee Zellweger

  • Ashley Greene


If you need help finding your body shape, go to my bikini post, here. If you're still not sure, let me know by commenting on the post.

These are only guidelines. If there is something that you love, but it is advised to avoid, don't worry about it! Style is about you and you are you're best when you feel confident. So, don't let a little guideline deter you from something you feel good in

Make sure you're following my account @STYLING.BD if this isn't your shape - I still have others to come over the next couple of weeks. Also, I hear it's a pretty good page if you want to keep seeing more styling tips in general ;)

NOTE: The tops section in the IG post is incorrect and has been updated in the description and on this post

Brighley Dangerfield is a Gold Coast Personal & Fashion Stylist, as well as an Australian Instagram Style Blogger. She is available for in-person and virtual services. Editorial, lookbook, commercial, social media, personal wardrobes, personal shopping, special occasions and event styling. Now taking on new clients. Book Today! australian outfits instagram

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